I have been on strict paleo for 2 months now. I have recently, in the last week, been feeling CONSTANTLY hungry. Tonight, for instance, I ate Half a large spag squash filled with shrimp, a whole avacado, onions & salsa. The first bowl didnt help at all, so I ate a second. Then I still felt hungry, so I ate a handful of trail mix with some chocolate. It seems sugar is the only way to make my body feel full, no matter how much I eat. I also tried adding more at breakfast to stave off the hour-later-ready-for-another-meal syndrome. I ate 3 eggs, 3 pieces of turkey bacon. I felt full longer, but dinner tonight proved otherwise. I tried keeping sugary stuff (fruit, coffee w/sweetner) out of my morning routine, and moved it to late morning/early afternoon, which has helped with energy but not the hunger/cravings. I dont believe I have the means to do a Sugar Detox yet as I am still new to this whole paleo lifestyle and dont want to get burnt out. I also tried making a protien shake when these hunger/sugar cravings came, thinking it was lack of protien. Nope. I am naturally lanky (5'11" 145lbs) but the last few weeks I am adding inches around my mid section, so I am leary about adding more fat. Any suggestions would help!
Cook bananas in bacon fat. or apples in bacon fat. or whatever will be delicious, fatty and satisfying (sugar fix) AND not nutritionally void.
that way you don't get feelings of deprivation and at the same time you're letting your body know you're giving it what it (probably) wants (fat). Of course, for me, these preparations would always accompany an actual meal to cover a broader nutrient base.
but i definitely think eating what sounds good is REALLY important..otherwise you'll just keep eating more than you need to try and satisfy what you want. I think it's important to satisfy the soul (via the palate) whilst fulfilling your theoretical cronometer.
3rd case in as many days of a naturally thin person not dealing well with low carb. Eat 150+ grams of carbs from dense starches like potatoes and/or sweet potatoes at regular intervals every day. You will be instantly satiated and feel much better.
I can consume 1000s of calories of fat, literally drink cups of the stuff and not be satiated without carbs. I've downed more than a pint of heavy cream in one sitting on top of meat and roughage and still felt gnawingly hungry (which is an odd feeling to have when you're physiclaly stuffed to the point of discomfort). It's different for skinny people.
I have the exact same problem. My solution has been to snack on unreasonable amounts of veggies like celery and carrots. No matter how hungry you are, eventually you're going to choke down enough veggies to become satisfied.
It's not the most fun solution, but it helps me.
As others have posted, I've found that if my meal doesn't contain enough fat, I will keep eating and craving. I've even had cases where physically I feel full, but I'm still craving food, and looking into the fridge.
Fat helps me the most. Usually in the form of saturated. Clarified butter, or lard or similar. Coconut oil too, but not as satisfying.
example of my fix for meals: I had some lean grass-fed stew, so I threw in a coupla tea-spoons of clarified butter. Made me feel satiated quickly!
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